ICYMI: COMBATING ZIKA: Upton Spearheads Bipartisan E&C Member Update With Top Government Health Officials
On Wednesday afternoon, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) led bipartisan committee members in a conference call with top government health officials to discuss the ongoing Zika threat. The officials provided an update regarding efforts currently being taken and the members had an opportunity to have pressing questions answered regarding the federal response to the virus.
Participants on the call included:
- Dr. Tom Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS
- Dr. Luciana Borio, Acting Chief Scientist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Ms. Ellen Murray, Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources, HHS
“When Congress returns next month, we need to have bipartisan support to ensure that the resources are there to find a vaccine and take other necessary measures to confront the spread of Zika. There’s no time for politics, this issue impacts all of us," said Chairman Upton. "In the meantime, the committee will continue to fulfill its important role in evaluating the federal public health response.”
“Zika continues to pose a significant threat in my home state, and across the country. It is crucial we do all we can to address this virus,” said Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). “Earlier this week, following reports of a confirmed case in Pinellas County, I discussed this issue with Governor Scott. Yesterday’s briefing provided us with valuable insight on ways we may continue to work together to combat Zika. My colleagues and I are working at all levels and with all stakeholders to stay ahead of a potential outbreak. We will continue to do all we can to keep our communities safe."
To read the Commitee press release online, click here.